Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has deeply sympathizes with families of the victims whose boat capsized while crossing River Benue.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, the governor describes the incident as painful and unfortunate.
Governor Ortom consoles ECAN Church, Ijaha, Makurdi Local Government Area which members were involved in the boat mishap.
He says marine police personnel were immediately deployed to the area, assisted by local divers in rescuing the victims.
The Governor urges members of Kwaghter community where the incident took place to cooperate with the police rescue team to enable it find the missing persons.
He reminds Benue people about this year’s weather predictions on torrential rains and advises that those who travel by water should employ all safety measures to avoid unforeseen incidents.
Governor Ortom enjoins Benue people to always observe COVID-19 prevention measures by staying away from crowded places to curb the spread of the disease.